ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — After leading all rookies with nine interceptions in 2009, Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd posted just one pick last season.
The Bills pass defense did limit their opponents to just over 3,000 yards passing in ‘09 - but most of that is attributed to the unit's troubles stopping the run.
The team addressed some needs in the draft, and Byrd, who had 89 tackles in 2010, believes that should boost his production, along with the entire unit.
“Last year, I felt like I took a couple steps back. I'm just excited to have the same defense, coaches, and be able to build off of what I was able to learn last year - coming to a new system and trying to prove myself. The pieces that we added, I'm excited to get to work with some new guys, and hopefully we can correct what are the obvious spots that we need to get fixed,” said Byrd.
Byrd says that the newest piece on the defensive line will be counted on to force the other team to put the ball in the air more. From there, Byrd can return to his ball-hawking ways.
“We've got some young guys that we're going to count on. And I think that the pieces that we are going to count on, like Marcell (Dareus), I know his defense was really similar to what we run here. I looked at his playbook from Alabama, so he should be able to come help right away, and a lot of other guys should too. So I think we'll be fine.”